- Also available in a DualDisc edition.
|1. Come Tomorrow|
|2. Stranger In A Strange Land|
|4. It's Up To You|
|5. Night Of My Life|
|6. Above The Law|
|7. Without Your Love|
|8. All The Children|
|9. Golden Dawn|
|10. (Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away|
|11. Letting Go|
Barry Gibb has composed 10 new songs for the reunion album (he composed all 9 featured on Guilty), and duets with Streisand on 2 tracks. The album features a song written for Guilty, but never recorded before now called "Letting Go." The emotional and stunning vocal is a centrepiece of the album. Another track, "(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away" was originally recorded by Andy Gibb.
Well, in an answer – not quite – but full marks for trying. The truth is Guilty One (that’s what I call it now) is one of those albums that cannot and should not be improved on. It was released when Barbra was basking in the glory of her late 1970’s smash hits with Donna Summer and Neil Diamond, and found a new fan base with her movie ‘A Star Is Born’. On Guilty One, Barbra’s vocal performances on tracks like ‘Promises’ and ‘Make It Like A Memory’ (a personal favourite) have stood the test of time, and following the decline of disco music in 1979, The Bee Gees needed a voice and production that could showcase their musical abilities.
But what Guilty Too has accomplished is bringing two talents back together for the sheer enjoyment of each others company and appreciation of their talents.
Guilty Too has standout tracks, in particular ‘Stranger In A Strange Land’, giving Barbra one of her greatest vocal performances for some time. Her cover of ‘Our Love Don’t Throw It Away’ is outstanding and should have been pushed as a single. ‘Night Of My Life’ sees Barbra doing dance – yes dance! - Why surprised? she did have successes with ‘No More Tears’, ‘Main Event’ and ‘Emotion’. If you are able to obtain the single for ‘Come Tomorrow’, you will have the Love To Infinity remix of ‘Night’, which is a great and should have been included on the bonus disc. ‘Letting Go’ is simply brilliant. Reminiscent to ‘Answer Me’ from ‘Streisand Superman’, Barbra’s control on the high notes shows that her voice is still immaculate. Other highlights include ‘Above The Law’, a sort of sequel to ‘Guilty’, and in my opinion should have been the single instead of ‘Come Tomorrow’. Both of these tracks are duets with Barry. ‘All The Children’ has that rock feel much like ‘Life Story’ (from Guilty One) and ‘Golden Dawn’ is superb.
Guilty Too has attained platinum status in the UK and has sold well worldwide. I would recommend this to all Barbra fans as this will no doubt be a valued edition to that collection. However, if you just starting your Streisand CD collection, I would recommend you purchase the original Guilty before trying this.
Guilty Too is a wonderful album and deserves success. It is great to hear Barbra perform on a pop orientated album – and Barry Gibb has risen to the challenge of producing whom many consider the greatest female vocalist of all time.
Every track is a standout with single potential. From the dramatic chord changes and haunting melody of 'Stranger in a Strange Land' to the mellow samba of 'Hideaway' Streisand has rarely sounded better since the 70's.
The 2 Gibb duets 'Come Tomorrow' and 'Above the law' are pure gold, both reigniting the magic they shared on 'Guilty'.
Other standout cuts are the awesome dance track (yes Streisand doing dance!!) 'Night of my life' a deep-base floorfiller already being mixed for the clubs by renound DJ Junoir Vasquez and the George Michael inspired 'Golden Dawn' with its sensual brazillian feel.
Also the stunning 'With or without your love' with a soaring Streisand vocal and the albums beautiful closer 'Letting go' possibly Gibb's finest composition which Streisand performs to perfection.
This is more than a reunion or sequel album, its a stunning project in its own right. I can honestly say its probaly the finest Streisand album for 20 years.
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